Johnny Isakson: John Kerry ‘a good nominee’

The United States Senate likes to confirm its own, and Georgia Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s reaction to the news that Massachusetts Democratic U.S. Sen. John Kerry would be tapped for the gig of Secretary of State showed that Kerry likely will have an easy ride. Video above, here’s a key quote:

Well, John Kerry is very qualified. I have had the occasion to work with him on the Foreign Relations Committee now for four years. He’s been very active and engaged in international diplomacy, in particular the comprehensive peace agreement in the Sudan, which was successfully concluded last year. I think he would be a good nominee for the president. … I’m sure there will be questions and analysis of his career, but I think he will be confirmed.

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you dont say

December 21st, 2012
3:39 pm

If Kerry is nominated, he will get 80 plus votes.

I’m sure there will be some comments from a few Senators regarding Kerry’s testimony when he came back from Vietnam.

If that happens, it will be interesting to see which ones make the comments and if they served themselves or “had other priorities”.

Starik

December 21st, 2012
4:13 pm

I have a dream…that our senators take the lead in the establishment of a new, moderate Republican Party.

Don't Tread

December 21st, 2012
4:32 pm

While Kerry may be a better pick than the previous one, he’s no Kissinger for sure.

you dont say

December 21st, 2012
4:39 pm

Don’t Tread

Must be bad when you have to harken back to Kissinger

You guys will be back in the WH in 2024 or so, until that time, sit back and watch

Don Abernethy

December 21st, 2012
4:56 pm

I have boycotted Heinz products ever since Kerry ran for President. He is just another ivy league rich liberal who is in politics so he will have something to do. The way Obama has run the country I wouldn’t be surprised if we did not have a White House in 2024. We will be defeated and broke by 2024.

NoMoreRawDeal

December 21st, 2012
5:28 pm

Sounds about right for “Go Along to Get Along” Johnny.

NoMoreRawDeal

December 21st, 2012
5:29 pm

Seriously, Mr. Isakson, I think you’re past your usefulness in the Senate. Retire already. And take Saxby with you.

Kris

December 21st, 2012
6:54 pm

Isakson,would back a jackass….my bad (kerry) what a joke.

CC

December 21st, 2012
7:00 pm

Kris:

We are in agreement!

td

December 21st, 2012
7:04 pm

you dont say

December 21st, 2012
3:39 pm

If Kerry is nominated, he will get 80 plus votes.

I’m sure there will be some comments from a few Senators regarding Kerry’s testimony when he came back from Vietnam.

If that happens, it will be interesting to see which ones make the comments and if they served themselves or “had other priorities”.

So I guess you are not going to have any problems if John McCain should ask some really hard questions about him supporting the enemy while he was still a POW?

Kris

December 21st, 2012
7:33 pm

CC….Thanks!

td…not saying Mccain ever did anything for the citizens of the US (NOT)

I would like to see Kerry squirm or fight back at stupid McCain! I can sat at least kerry did not pick crazy palin as his VP..

td

December 21st, 2012
8:12 pm

Kris

December 21st, 2012
7:33 pm

CC….Thanks!

td…not saying Mccain ever did anything for the citizens of the US (NOT)

I really hope I am misreading what you wrote and if I am then I apologize. If I am not misreading it the you are a freaking moron if you think John McCain has not made great sacrifices for this nation just in the way that he carried himself while being held POW and being tortured.

Auntie Christ

December 21st, 2012
8:25 pm

It’s the end of the year folks, but we still have plenty of ill-informed, asinine, fatuous, utterly stupid comments from td such as this one:
“So I guess you are not going to have any problems if John McCain should ask some really hard questions about him supporting the enemy while he was still a POW?”

Exactly what ’support’ did John Kerry, recipient of 3 Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and a Silver Star, give to ‘the enemy.’ Are you referring to him forming the “Vietnam Veterans Against the War” association, a group I suppose you and the rest of the republican chicken (sh!t) hawks would deem as traitors, since they didn’t hold your view point of endless war until everything on the planet is scorched and everyone under 30 is dead from combat. (except intrepid key board warriors like you,bush and cheney). I guess you were too busy cheer leading the slaughter of innocents by mccain from his mile high seat to notice that Kerry and the Vets Against the War spoke for over 80 percent of American people who saw the futility and folly of that misbegotten adventure and were tired of the whole enterprise, The die hard war monger mccain can soap box all he wants, all he’ll do, just as you’ve done here, is show how out of touch with reality and the American people you all are.

john mccain earned his time in prison camp the same way Kerry earned his decorations, through their character and upbringing. mccain slouched through life and through the military, Being the son and grandson of Admirals, he was never held accountable for his screw ups, and he paid for it with his inability to fly a plane without crashing it. He wasn’t held to account for starting the fire that sank the USS Forestal and killed US servicemen and pilots. He earned his prison time with that prank alone. The fact he partied through flight school and graduated only because of his family ties just ensured he would end up serving his sentence after he inevitably crashed his plane. Somehow because he acted like an A hole to his captors that is supposed to make him some kind of hero, when all he did was stay in his normal character of an A hole.

John Kerry earned his hero status, by his conduct in the war and later his conduct to end the war, both noble endeavors. mccain is simply an A hole. period who has accomplished nothing but living high on his family ties and the legend he concocted for himself.

Jamal

December 21st, 2012
9:02 pm

Come on Johnny……………You’re better than this!

Jamal

December 21st, 2012
9:04 pm

Hey Auntie Christ…………..If the asinine smells, then you are one! Go suck your Socialist ideals. Your time will end soon enough……………….

Auntie Christ

December 21st, 2012
9:39 pm

time running out….must go soon…smell of asinine is overwhelming…must get away from jamal, he reeks of it. before I go, I must ask….if anti-war is socialist value…you must think useless war an all American value.. that what jamal think?

td

December 21st, 2012
10:09 pm

Auntie Christ

December 21st, 2012
8:25 pm

Your little holier than thou rant of degrading a real American hero tonight has proven to me and hopefully the rest of the viewing public that you are really nothing more then a low life slime ball.

I am calling out the rest of you so called progressives to come out publicly on this blog and tell this blogger what a slim ball he is or else not have any legitimate moral standing in this world.

clem

December 21st, 2012
10:30 pm

barge is a dullard

td

December 21st, 2012
10:44 pm

clem

December 21st, 2012
10:30 pm

barge is a dullard

Dr. Barge is intelligent and attempting to do what will protect most of our children from the least amount of harm. Most High Schools already have armed security in Georgia so we might as well protect the rest of our children from these nut cases.

JD

December 22nd, 2012
12:31 am

Td (aka Jim Galloway, you spend entirely too much time on this blog.

Anyone who is anyone knew that the boycott of the Rice nomination only happened because ab elected Democrat was #2 on the short list.

Don Abernathy, fiction can be fun. Obama has run the country as well as Congress has allowed him to. Like all right-wingers, you have forgotten that the President has inherited 200+ years of government action. Nothing changes overnight…except Romney’s policy positions.

Jamal is an idiot. Want proof? Hey Jamal, define socialism. Oops…I may have just called every right winger an idiot.

Eli

December 22nd, 2012
12:32 am

IF,
Fyi, I am a socialist. By that I mean I am an Eisenhower Republican.

Eli

December 22nd, 2012
12:37 am

JD…not IF. Auto-correct! Another capitalist failure that cost me $40 more for a “smart” phone that does not work as advertised.

That is capitalism: Getting ripped off by a private entity with $5000/hr attorneys that I can not beat in court.

Auntie Christ

December 22nd, 2012
2:12 am

s td

It is your morality that is up for question here, as anyone who has read more than 2 of your comments can attest, you are a racist, a hypocrite, probably deranged, and without a moral compass. And like all of your ilk you try to cover your false christianity in a facile piety that is so transparent it is laughable. In short, you and your right wing-nut brethren are a bad, bad joke. Reasonable people laugh at you.

Sparta_Bubba

December 22nd, 2012
4:21 am

Apparently Johnny forgort he is not allowed to say anything possible about anything done by President Obama. If President Obama announced that Jesus Chriswt had returned and Jesus was standing beside him performing miracles, the birthers and haters would be steadily raining criticism.

Sparta_Bubba

December 22nd, 2012
4:25 am

Apparently Johnny forgot it is not safe to say anything positive in the Wing Nut Capital about anything done by President Obama. If President Obama announced that Jesus Christ had returned and Jesus was standing beside him performing miracles, the birthers, haters and wing nuts here in Georgia would be steadily raining criticism on the President.

Weetamoe

December 22nd, 2012
7:08 am

Kerry smeared young men drafted into an immoral war ( begun and expanded by Kennedy, escalated by LBJ) by testifying before congress that they had committed unspeakable atrocities. He carried a video camera and took the equivalent of home movies of himself as hero. Ever the opportunist, he nevertheless unwittingly gave us the term *swiftboating* as a synonym for truth telling.
And yet I think he will be a good SofS because he is more than capable of cleaning up the tangled messes left behind by the departing Mrs Clinton.

VanZorge

December 22nd, 2012
7:24 am

kerry stabbed his brothers-in-arms in the back and then climbed over their bodies in order to attain his political power…….. what a guy!

Melony

December 22nd, 2012
7:37 am

While our Troops were in Vietnam fighting against Communism, Kerry was home fighting our Vietnam Warriors. He stabbed them in the backs with his protesting the war and lying in his testimony in front of a Senate panel about our Troops. He is a treasonous S.O.B. and should be treated as such. And now? He has his little lackeys doing the same with our Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Wow…Only in America can a person who commits treason gain so much power….Lord help us!

Attack Dog

December 22nd, 2012
8:10 am

Just think. Had Romney been elected, we would be talking about the really scary thought of John Bolton as Secretary of State. Talking about not being a Kissinger.

Buckhead Boy

December 22nd, 2012
8:11 am

VanZorge, if you disagree with Senator Kerry’s testimony as anti-war activist after having served gallantly, I suggest that you still have time to volunteer to be the last soldier to die in the mistake that is Afghanistan. I feel that I can speak for many of us who shared his experience when I say, He didn’t stab us in the back. He climbed upon our shoulders. And, I can think of no greater safeguard for today’s youth than to have Secretaries of State and Defense who remember those “bodies” of which you speak as once living men and can comprehend the loss.

you dont say

December 22nd, 2012
8:13 am

td

Any Senator can ask what they wish. I said it will be interesting to see who ask Kerry questions regarding Vietnam.

As for McCain, he and Kerry are friends. Expect a YES vote from him. That’s not even in doubt.

crankee-yankee

December 22nd, 2012
8:18 am

Auntie Christ
December 21st, 2012
8:25 pm

I’m no McCain supporter but you need to get your facts straight.

1) USS Forrestal did not sink as a result of the fire in the Tonkin Gulf, it was decommissioned in 1993 and will be dismantled for recycling.

2) McCain’s plane was neither the cause of the fire nor the initiator of the accident, a plane on the opposite side of the flight deck discharged a missle probably hitting the plane next to McCain’s due to an electrical power surge that fired the missle because 2 electrical safety cutouts had been bypassed (one intentionally and one unintentionally).

Attack Dog

December 22nd, 2012
8:20 am

Let’s not get it twisted. John Kerry never “smeared young men drafted,” he smeared the sorry butt warmongoring politicians and the profit-driven military industrial complex for unnecessarily putting mostly poor white young men in harms way. John Kerry and Max Cleland earned purple hearts in Vietnam. Tell us again what were George W., Clarence Chambliss, Johnny, and yes even Wayne LaPierre doing back then?

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

December 22nd, 2012
8:21 am

Has anyone told the North Vietnamese to update the John Kerry wing of the Hanoi Victory Museum?

Road Scholar

December 22nd, 2012
8:41 am

Jim, Merry Christmas! Same to all those above who can’t give it a rest (like our wonderful Congress (snark), May next year be better….I’m not holding my breath!

you dont say

December 22nd, 2012
8:42 am

Aesop

How funny the other day when I read Wingfield when he slapped you down..

You questioned him about one of your typical myopic childrish attack posts and he called you down like a punk

Bwhahahahahahahah

you dont say

December 22nd, 2012
8:46 am

Aesop

Appeared you were so stunned it took you a while to respond or could have been a car pulled in the bay and you had to get back to changing oil and checking the fluids

Bwhahahahahah

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

December 22nd, 2012
8:47 am

Glad it got you all excited, say.

you dont say

December 22nd, 2012
8:51 am

Whether it is andy, I report, sink, aesop… You can’t hide your chiidish ways, anger and pettiness

It is you little guy

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

December 22nd, 2012
8:57 am

In February 2009, Kerry led a delegation there to engage Syria. AFP followed up with this report after the visit stating that Kerry believes “Syria is an essential player in bringing peace and stability to the region”:

And he even wore his burkha!

you dont say

December 22nd, 2012
9:01 am

Aesop

Well is goes without saying Kerry’s service doesn’t stand up to your 6months tour in the Cub Scouts

you dont say

December 22nd, 2012
9:07 am

Aesop

You should call yourself Private Do Little of the Keyboard Commandos

:-)

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

December 22nd, 2012
9:11 am

The wound was covered with a bandaid.

The following morning, John Kerry arrived at the office of Coastal Division 14 Commander Grant Hibbard to apply for a Purple Heart. Having already been informed by Schachte that Kerry’s injury was self-inflicted rather than the result of hostile fire, Commander Hibbard told him to “forget it.” Hibbard recently said of Kerry’s minor scratch, “I’ve seen worse injuries from a rose thorn.”

John Kerry’s service in Vietnam lasted 4 months and 12 days, beginning in November 1968 when he reported to Cam Ranh Bay for a month of training. His abbreviated combat tour ended shortly after he requested a transfer out of Vietnam on March 17, 1969, citing Navy instruction 1300.39 permitting personnel with three Purple Hearts to request reassignment.

joe m

December 22nd, 2012
10:03 am

Republican party is a disgrace. They are holding country hostage on cliff deal even though they lost the presidency and the Senate and only have they house through radicle reditricting. The dems got more than a million more votes in the house but the gop has the majority. That is not how a democracy is supposed to work. The only way they can win national election is to try to buy or cheat their way. Their major support is from blue collar white less educated racists and the wealthy who only care about their taxes.

Rafe Hollister

December 22nd, 2012
10:03 am

Not surprised at Don’t Make Waves Johnny.

At least Kerry will have instant credibility, with all those American hating dictators that he will have to negotiate with.

Rafe Hollister

December 22nd, 2012
10:06 am

That is not how a democracy is supposed to work.

joe m

That is good, since we are a Constitutional Republic and not a democracy.

you dont say

December 22nd, 2012
10:16 am

Rafe

And while not a straight democracy, you are aware that a Constitutional Republic is a democratic form of government, right?

And also tell us about your service and time meeting with government officials of other countries..

Get used to it,son

SoS Kerry.

All your whining and babbling will do nothing to change it…

honested

December 22nd, 2012
10:16 am

As long as Senator Kerry is replaced by a Democrat who is deft in statecraft, I think he is an excellent nominee.

Otherwise, he has a seat in the Senate to keep warm.

you dont say

December 22nd, 2012
10:19 am

Rafe

Army 84 to 93

Panama and 1st Gulf War

You? Thanks for your service, if you did serve.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

December 22nd, 2012
10:30 am

The democrats first choice for SecState – A run of the mill communist, liar, appeaser, disarmament fanatic (of the US, of course) and basically clueless hysteritic that got laughed off the floor of Congress.

The democrats second choice for Sec State – A traitor, has committed treason, a liar, a false accuser of fellow soldiers, shot a running unarmed child in the back, married into big money twice driving his first wife insane, jaunts around the globe with muslim and other assorted terrorists and is a basically clueless hysteritic.

Just enjoying the show.